mainMy new years resolution was to be debt free by the end of the year. A lot of budgeting and planning went into play, but im glad to say I am so close to my goal and it feels liberating! I got so tired of paying for $15 larger-than-life sandwich/salad near my office.  I started making my lunches and I saved a boat load of cash and a added plus was me loosing weight with out even trying. Get in the habit of making an affordable and healthy alternative at home, and your wallet and your figure will thank you.

Kickstart your midday meal routine with these affordable and light recipes.

1. Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast

Sautée whatever vegetables you have on hand the night before or morning of work. Then at the office, spread goat cheese on toast and top with vegetables.
INGREDIENTS: Wheat bread, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, red onion, olive oil, goat cheese, basil, salt, and pepper.

2.Falafel With Yogurt, Eggplant, and Red Cabbage Salad

lbl02_800x878Chop up your vegetables and make your dressing the night before work, and then assemble it all on pita with ready-made falafel at the office.

INGREDIENTS: Eggplant, olive oil, ready-made falafels, red cabbage, red onion, cherry tomatoes, pita bread, yogurt, lime, salt, and pepper.

3. Light Spinach Quiche


Make this protein-packed meal ahead of time and reheat at the office or eat it chilled or at room temperature — whatever suits you! Alternate broccoli or whatever vegetables you have on hand.
INGREDIENTS: Pie crust, cream cheese, half and half, eggs, spinach, onion, cheddar, parmesan, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

4.Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl With Peach Salsa


Make this ahead, and you’re set! Try alternating in butternut squash or sweet potatoes for the salsa during winter.
INGREDIENTS: Quinoa, peach salsa, black beans, green onions, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

5. Roasted Sweet Potato, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Sandwich


Make this the morning of work and wrap in foil, or roast sweet potatoes at home and then assemble the sandwich at home.
INGREDIENTS: Sweet potatoes, olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, artisan sandwich bread, honey, arugula.

Source: 1. Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott for Bon Appetit (hero), 2. Better Homes & Gardens, 3. The Debrief, 4. The Faux Martha, 5. A Couple Cooks, 6. The Kitchn and Domaine